Denise Hunter’s “Barefoot Summer” Summer Sun Giveaway!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

About Barefoot Summer:

Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

In the years since her twin brother's tragic drowning, Madison has struggled with her ability to trust God--or anyone else, for that matter. It was her brother's dream to win the annual River Sail Regatta in their small harbor town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. And Madison's determined to honor his legacy by making his dream her own. Maybe then she can finally find closure.

But learning to sail means learning to swim. And her instructor is Beckett O'Reilly, a man who already has two strikes against him in Madison's eyes. Being on the water terrifies Madison. But Beckett's calming presence and unwavering confidence eases her fear. And as much as she'd like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying.

As her feelings for him grow, a fledgling faith begins to take root in her soul, as well. With Beckett, Madison feels alive for the first time in years--carefree and confident she can win the regatta, maybe even find love.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their love and the depth of Madison's faith. Will their love survive summer's challenge? And will achieving her brother's dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

Meet Denise:
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Learn more about Denise at

My Thoughts:

Madison's twin brother Michael is dead, and their twenty-seventh birthday is coming up, Michael's dream was to sail a boat in the regatta and win. Madison who is a vet in town, purchases sailing lessons at the town auction. When the instructor, Evan is called away because his father has gotten sick, he leaves Madison in the hands of Beckett O'Reilly, who is a great sailor and has won the regatta. Little does Evan know that Madison and Beckett are attracted to each other after a shared kiss in high school, however they don't think the other one is interested.

Pros: The sailing element in the book was interesting. Madison has to overcome her fear of the water to be able to sail, and Beckett teaches her to swim, along with sailing. Beckett is also the resident bad boy of the town, and Denise does a great job of showing his spiritual side, along with his manly attractive side.
Madison's inability to function with the death of her twin was real, and believable, as well as her struggle with faith in God. 

Cons:  Some of the book was predictable, as Beckett and Madison prepare for the regatta. 

Over all this is a great summer read and I do recommend it!

Denise Hunter is celebrating her new Chapel Springs Romance series with a Summer Fun Giveaway. The first book, Barefoot Summer, is already a favorite with readers. “Hold-your-breath romance, heartache, and laugh-out-loud moments. It’s more than a good read. It’s a delight.” -- Lisa

Summer: it’s all about sunny skies, star-gazing, swimming, spending time with loved ones, and living as if a small part of the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.

Get ready for some serious summer fun with Denise’s 12-Day Summer Sun giveaway. From June 10-21, keep your computer near as you head to the lake or your friend’s barbecue because Denise will be giving away a summer essential each day!


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